Iris Chi

Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Dr. Frances Wu Chair for Chinese Elderly Professor

Expert in elderly health and gerontology, and currently directs the China Program

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Iris Chi
Email:  ichi@usc.edu
Phone:  +1 213.821.1360
Rank:  Tenure Track Faculty
Department:  Adult Mental Health and Wellness
Assignment:  Ground

Iris Chi

Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Dr. Frances Wu Chair for Chinese Elderly Professor

Expert in elderly health and gerontology, and currently directs the China Program

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Biography

Professor Iris Chi is the Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Frances Wu Chair for the Chinese Elderly at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and a senior scientist at the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging. Prior to joining USC, she taught at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and was the founding director of Sau Po Centre on Aging at HKU. An expert in health and gerontology, Dr. Chi has participated in more than 100 studies and published over 300 articles and book chapters. She has been elected as a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Academy of Social Welfare and Social Work, interRAI, the Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society of America, and IAGG (Asian & Oceania region). Dr. Chi is an honorary professor, consultant and senior advisor to more than 30 local and overseas universities and research institutes. She is also the associate editor and an editorial board member for many gerontology and social work journals. To reference the work of Iris Chi online, we ask that you directly quote their work where possible and attribute it to "Iris Chi, a faculty at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work” (LINK: https://dworakpeck.usc.edu)

Education

University of California, Los Angeles

DSW 1985

California State University, San Diego

MSW 1981

Chinese University of Hong Kong

BSS 1978

Area of Expertise

  • Aging
  • Gerontology
  • China
  • Caregiving
  • Behavioral Health
  • Mental Illness
  • Elder Care
  • Suicide
  • Health and Social

Industry Experience

  • Elder Care
  • Research
  • Education/Learning

Research Interest

  • Aging
  • Behavioral Health

Affiliations

  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • Fellow, American Academy of Social Welfare and Social Work
  • Gary Andrews Fellow, Australian Association of Gerontology

Accomplishments

Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology, Shanghai Lixin Accounting and Finance College
2016-2018
Honorary Professor, Nanjing University
2012-present
Honorary Professor, Renmin University of China
2010-present
Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of Hong Kong & City University of Hong Kong
2010-2011
Bronze Bauhina Star, City of Hong Kong
2004

Articles & Publications

Training needs for dementia care in China from the perspectives of mental health providers: who, what, and how | International Psychogeriatrics

Ling Xu, Hsin-Yi Hsiao, Wenchen Denq, Iris Chi
2017 This paper aims to understand the training needs of dementia care from the perspectives of mental health providers by examining who should be the trainees, what should be the contents of training, and how to deliver the training in China.

 

Challenges and resilience related to aging in the United States among older Chinese immigrants | Aging & Mental Health

Jia Li, Ling Xu, Iris Chi
2017 Three major themes emerged regarding challenges older Chinese immigrants encountered in aging in the United States: language barriers, loneliness and social isolation, and insufficient use of social services. Four themes were identified regarding resilience protective factors: acceptance and optimism; independence and autonomy; informal social support; and use of the formal social welfare system.

 

Mediating effect of decline in social activities on urinary incontinence and negative mood: Do sex and marital differences exist? | Geriatrics & Gerontology International

Xue Bai, Doris Yin Ping Leung, Claudia Kam Yuk Lai, Alice Ming Lin Chong, Iris Chi
2017 We tested the mediating effect of decline in social participation on urinary incontinence (UI) and negative mood in older adults by sex and marital status. We carried out secondary analysis of data collected from 5301 Chinese adults aged 60 years or older in Hong Kong who had completed an initial screening instrument for subsidized long-term care services in 2010. Path analysis within structural equation modeling was carried out.

 

The Relationship of Social Engagement and Social Support With Sense of Community | The Journals of Gerontology

Fengyan Tang, Iris Chi, Xinqi Dong
2017 We aimed to investigate the relationship of engagement in social and cognitive activities and social support with the sense of community (SOC) and its components among older Chinese Americans. The Sense of Community Index (SCI) was used to measure SOC and its four component factors: membership, influence, needs fulfillment, and emotional connection.

 

Worry about not having a caregiver and depressive symptoms among widowed older adults in China: the role of family support | Aging & Mental Health

Ling Xu, Yawen Li, Joohong Min, Iris Chi
2016 Using the stress-coping framework, this study examined whether worry about not having a caregiver in old age was associated with depressive symptoms among widowed Chinese older adults, including the moderating effects of self-perceived family support.

 

Prevalence and correlates of abuse screening items among community-dwelling Hong Kong Chinese older adults | Geriatrics & Gerontology International

Doris YP Leung, Shirley KL Lo, Angela YM Leung, Vivian WQ Lou, Alice ML Chong, Joseph SK Kwan, Wallace CH Chan, Iris Chi
2015 The present study aims to describe the prevalence of potential elder abuse, and to examine correlates of abuse screening items among Chinese community-dwelling older adults.

 

Intergenerational Relationships and Self-Rated Health Trajectories Among Older Adults in Rural China | Research on Aging

Nan Lu, Vivian W. Q. Lou, Dongmei Zuo, Iris Chi
2015 The present study examined trajectory patterns of self-rated health (SRH) among older rural Chinese adults and gender differences in the relationship between intergenerational relationships and SRH trajectories. Using data from four waves of a longitudinal study on the well-being of older adults in Anhui province, a general growth mixture model was estimated to examine the SRH trajectory patterns and antecedents of SRH trajectory class memberships.

 

Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese

Availability

  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop

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